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Tarnsman of Gor: Gorean Saga, Book 1 | [John Norman]

Tarnsman of Gor: Gorean Saga, Book 1

Tarl Cabot has always believed himself to be a citizen of Earth. He has no inkling that his destiny is far greater than the small planet he has inhabited for the first 20-odd years of his life. One frosty winter night in the New England woods, he finds himself transported to the planet of Gor, also known as Counter-Earth, where everything is dramatically different from anything he has ever experienced.
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Tarl Cabot has always believed himself to be a citizen of Earth. He has no inkling that his destiny is far greater than the small planet he has inhabited for the first 20-odd years of his life. One frosty winter night in the New England woods, he finds himself transported to the planet of Gor, also known as Counter-Earth, where everything is dramatically different from anything he has ever experienced. It emerges that Tarl is to be trained as a Tarnsman, one of the most honored positions in the rigid, caste-bound Gorean society. He is disciplined by the best teachers and warriors that Gor has to offer...but to what end?

This is the first book of John Norman's popular and controversial Gorean Saga, a series of novels the author began in 1967 with Tarnsman of Gor and are now considered cult classics. This audiobook is based on the definitive edition recently published by E-Books.

©2007 John Norman (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 06-08-14
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 06-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Male teen fantasy"

    I picked this audio book up from a "daily deal" and I'm glad I didn't pay full price. I recognized the title from my youth, as it was a controversial book and quite popular back then, but I never got around to reading it. Perhaps if I had done so in my youth, I may have enjoyed it more.

    With the benefit of age and experience, however, I can recognize it for what it is; a teen male fantasy. The writing is one dimensional, the situations staged, and the background of how all this came to be is woefully thin. The character is transported by aliens to a alternate earth where women a slinky slave things and, after immediately accepting his abduction, he becomes the best swordsman on the planet, saving sexy females along the way, and ultimately influences the fate of the world.

    To top it off, the narrator, who I can see being better in a lest cartoonish role, destroyed the characters narratives. Every barbarian voice was done in the same angry and stilted voice, and delivered in an enhanced volume.

    So, while I can recommend this to the adolescent crowd, avoid this if you are looking for something less blunt.

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    Lucian USA 01-31-14
    Lucian USA 01-31-14
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    "narrated only a small portion of book."
    Would you try another book from John Norman and/or Ralph Lister?

    Only if could listen to the whole of the book, and not just a few paragraphs.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Norman? Why or why not?

    no problem with Normal. I would read another of his books.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ralph Lister’s performances?

    If would narrate the whole book, yes.


    Any additional comments?

    not pleasing with this, and had to pay for it, big blah.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    michael WOODVILLE, OHIO, United States 03-04-13
    michael WOODVILLE, OHIO, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2015

    I don't give spoilers

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    "Gorean Saga"

    The Gorean series is basically Conan the barbarian meets a smut novel on another world. There's lots of violent battles and vicious giant man eaters with a dash BDSM. The series gets a little repetitive as the books go on but not to badly for a 20 plus book series. If you liked the John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' series most likely you'll enjoy these books there very similar. I prefer the Gorean series myself, except the ones narrated by women which I haven't bought so don't know if there good or not I personal dislike women narrates.

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    Justin 08-04-12
    Justin 08-04-12
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    "freud would have a field day with this guy"
    Would you try another book from John Norman and/or Ralph Lister?

    i unfortunately brought all six gorean books at once the back story is fine but his main story line seems to be how to abuse the fairer sex


    Has Tarnsman of Gor turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    actually by book 5 i was surprised the narrator hasn't thrown up his hands and left in discus


    What character would you cut from Tarnsman of Gor?

    every women he came across


    Any additional comments?

    would have excepted it more if he had no morals at all, or if the so called free women of gor just didn't exists. kept thinking maybe every women may fantasise about being swept of their feet by a handsome night and ravished but you can bet your life saving if he try it a second night she would have cut his throat stolen his gold and left

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John Garfield Hts., OH, United States 12-12-11
    John Garfield Hts., OH, United States 12-12-11

    God made man, Sam Colt made them equal! INDEPENDENCE DAY 1.20.2013 Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing it's IDIOT!

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    "Truely a Great Series"
    If you could sum up Tarnsman of Gor in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome Book


    Any additional comments?

    Ralph's voice is not the most pleasant voice to listen to but was easy to understand and his voice does grow on you some. Great Audio Book, will be getting Outlaws and the rest of the Gor Books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jasmine North Providence, RI, United States 10-08-11
    Jasmine North Providence, RI, United States 10-08-11
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    "cool"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tarnsman of Gor to be better than the print version?

    yes the audio version is better becasue it makes feel i more real


    What did you like best about this story?

    it was cool


    What does Ralph Lister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    his voice


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    not reallly


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Garland Deltona, FL, United States 12-23-10
    Garland Deltona, FL, United States 12-23-10
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    "GREAT"

    Started reading the series at the urging of a friend - now I have sent her an invitation to join Audible so she can enjoy the books in spoken form. The narrator is awesome

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Eivind New York, New York 11-19-10
    Eivind New York, New York 11-19-10 Member Since 2015

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Nostalgic cardboard"

    I am sure this is quite exciting to listen to if you read it as a child when it came out in 1967. But other than its possible historical and nostalgic value, I really can???t recommend this book. Cardboard character in dumbed down Nietzsche-esque world read by an inept narrator.

    Buying and reading this is the equivalent of driving a steam-powered car to work. Sure, it might be fun because you remember your great grandfathers old automobile, but really it is no Mercedes.

    5 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy BRYAN, TX, United States 05-02-13
    Jeremy BRYAN, TX, United States 05-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "An inane and chauvinistic train wreck of a story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the author had taken time to develop character's in a plausible way, given some attention to logical flow of one event from another and at least pretended like the characters in his story were actually people who behave in the way that people behave, I might have liked this story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Norman again?

    Probably not.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    the narration was good.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was short...

    And it was imaginative.


    Any additional comments?

    This story rushed from action point to action point without bothering to connect the events with any kind of plausible narrative fiber.

    Example: In a mere handful of pages the protagonist, being abducted and transported to a completely foreign and strange world, goes from being professor of British history to an Achilles like god of warfare, expert in the manors and customs of Gor. I found myself constantly asking myself, "How did he know that?"

    The characters' psychologies are absurd--each one rushing into emotional disposition that make no sense and seem, at times, completely contrary to natural human emotional responses. Character's are constantly fluctuating from homicidal intent towards one another to deep and passionate, some times erotic, love for one another.

    And to top it all off, as many reviewers have noted, the story seems to promote a brand of chauvinism that I found particularly distasteful.

    20 some odd books in this series and I could barely make it through 1.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Silver Spring, MD, United States 07-12-12
    Benjamin Silver Spring, MD, United States 07-12-12 Member Since 2010

    Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.

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    "Quick and OK for the light fantasy reader."

    This isn't the book for someone who likes to get into fantasy for the long slog. It is quick, light and easy. This would be the kind of fantasy I would recommend for a teen or tween. The characters are distinct, but not deep. The story isn't overly creative and enthralling, but it is also quick and lively. It doesn't bog down or become overly self-involved. It is the light lunch of fantasy. If you come to it expecting that, it will go down easy. If you're expecting a full meal, you'll go home disappointed.

    The reader is a bit dramatic. Enough to be a little comical, but it works with the book.

    Didn't love it; didn't hate it. I'd recommend it to the young.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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